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get government business. what's worse, they exclaim one of the companies used your tax dollars to ship jobs overseas. first of all they point to this fellow who a big democratic fund-raiser. there he is right there sitting next to the president. let's follow the trail, according to the romney people. they say that big donor there is appointed to a white house council on jobs. the private company invest in the electric car company called fiscar automote i. they are approved for a half billion dollar loan from the automotive industry. and fisker ends up having the first cars made in finland. >> what else have you found out when you dig for more details. >> well, what we find, wolf, is a totally different story. fisker tells us they got involved in a government loan program. it was back during the bush administration fisker raised about a billion dollars from investors. yeah, he's a wealthy guy. just one of the guys out there. furthermore, fisker, we asked, has your company ever been aware of any political favors. their answer, absolutely not. as for the fabulous looking cars that they're
everything in the past. and in the u.s. we don't see them often. i'm martin savage. thanks for joining me. wolf blitzer is in "the situation room" next. >> martin, thanks very much. happening now, bruising back and forth between the obama and romney campaign. we're checking the cronyism accusatio accusations. >>> and we'll talk to someone who suggested that mitt romney may have committed a felon. >>> also crime fighting robots. this amazing technology turnss science fiction into amazing life saving facts. >>> i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> first it's today's new round of attack in the presidential race campaign and the much winning battleground state of ohio this afternoon. president obama slammed the tax proposals, warninging they'll send thousands of u.s. jobs overs overs overseas. > the romney campaign is accusing them of another dishonest attack. why did the president level this new corporate tax attack on romney in ohio? >> reporter: well, wolf, the president is trying to draw sharp contrast between his campaign and romney's campaign, trying to suggest romney i
's nomination, how far will he go to win the white house? will ferrell and zach galifianakis are with us like to talk about their new movie. wolf blitszer is off. i'm joe johns. you're in "the situation room." >>> right now mitt romney's on his way home from an overseas trip his campaign is calling a great success even though it generated embarrassing headlines at every stop. latest came today in poland when one of romney's top aides cursed at reporters asking questions. one of them was our jim acosta, who joins us from warsaw. jim, what happened today that the romney team sounds upbeat despite all that's been going on? >> reporter: well, joe, a senior romney advisor told reporters here in warsaw that mistakes do happen out on the campaign trail. but when asked what mistakes were made on this overseas trip, that advisor couldn't name any. instead the campaign says the world got to hear from a candidate who they say speaks from the heart. it's the image mitt romney has wanted voters to see for the last week. the gop contender walking tall on the world stage here visiting poland's tomb of the u
? >> definitely seen gradual changes as i'm sure you have. look, i've had to use my former cheerleading voice many times to get a question to presidents and to candidates for president. but i've had to do that more and more as has jim over the years because, look, i mean it's just the world that we live in from their perspective that with twitter, the internet, with everything going viral immediately, it's hard for them to say anything without altering the message that they're trying to get out that day. having said that, it is frustrating having been a reporter on several presidential campaigns, you're there, you're going on the bus, you're going off the bus, you're sitting through every speech. and you want to have access to the candidate to be able to ask them questions. and especially at the end of a trip like this where you're really going full bore and you don't have a chance to ask anything, that's what happens when you really try to ask. and you have to be careful of your surroundings, but you got to do your job. >> gloria, and i have to ask you, in the big picture, how important is this r
," that will be at 8:00. stay with us. a lot more news, coming up. >>> i'm wolf blitzer in aspen, colorado. this week, some of the world's top experts on fighting terrorism gathered here in colorado for the aspen institute security form. i had a chance to conduct the first-ever public in-depth interview with the u.s. navy admiral who planned and executed the raid that killed osama bin laden. our discussion was extraordinary, candid, and at times even funny. we're going to play part of it throughout the hour. admiral william mccraven may not be a household name, but as you're about to see, he's a genuine u.s. hero. we always think of, in recent years, of course, at least in the past year, with admiral m mccraven, as the orchestrater, the architect of the raid that killed osama bin laden. and you know, we've all read a lot about it. i know peter bergen is here, he's written a whole book about it, an excellent book about it. but this is the guy who's sitting right here, who had the guts to tell the commander in chief, we should do it, let's do it, and when you ordered that raid, and when you said, you t
, but the -- >> well, that stealth helicopter, when it went down, and all of us have read about it, we've heard about it, i've spoken to people who were in that room, the white house situation room, as opposed to another swai"situation room," b when that helicopter went down, there was a gasp. because a lot of the folks there, correct me if i'm wrong, thought of desert 1 in 1980, and jimmy carter's plan to rescue americans in iran. >> well, i wouldn't pretend to tell you what they were thinking. >> what were you thinking. >> i was too busy, frankly -- i mean, we had a backup plan. we executed the backup plan, and at that point in time, you're worried about getting the mission done and getting the boys back home. so we had a plan, suffice it to say. >> and it worked? >> and it worked. >> that helicopter, by the way, all that -- the stealth technology and all that, is it gone? has it been shared with pad guys? >> i'm not going to address that. >> you don't want to talk about it. curious. let's talk a little bit about -- and i want to nail this down as best as we can. the president didn't have 100% know
candidate. governor romney, thanks so much for joining us, in jerusalem. what a beautiful city. i'm sure you've been moved by what you've seen so far. >> it's a holy city, a city of a great and courageous people. my wife and i first came here in 1995 and have been here four times now. we're moved and inspired by what we see here. >> do you consider jerusalem to be the capital? >> yes, of course. jew res l >> would you move the embassy to jerusalem? >> it's long been the policy of have the nation's embassy in the capital. if i were president, i would want to take it in consultation with the leadership of the government, which exists at that time. so i would follow the same policy we have in the past. our embassy would be in the capital. but the timing of that is something i would want to work out with the government. >> with the government of israel? >> with the government of israel. >> but every government has asked them to recognize them. >> well, that would make the decision easy, but i would still want the communication with the government leaders. >> just to be precise. if you were presi
this round-robin of interviews, not just with us, but with other networks. wolf, it's interesting to note, he essentially said the same thing, gave the same answers to all of us in the course of all of these interviews. >> he said he would be a zone man as far as picking a vice presidential candidate. he didn't tell you who it would be. >> no, he didn't. and that's been his position so far in this campaign. that he's not going to talk about the vetting process. the vice presidential selection process. but i did ask him, because condoleezza rice's name did come up, whether or not he was concerned about being associated too much with the bush administration. as you know, earlier this week, he had that fund-raiser with dick cheney out in wyoming. it was interesting to note that mitt romney said in that interview that his administration would not be a carbon copy of anything in the past. a note there that he would like to get out that he would not be george w. bush, part ii. >> he was very strong on that specific point. good work, as usual. thanks so much, jim acosta, reporting. president obama a
so and select the timing in accordance with the government of israel. >> you know that every u.s. president since '67, since the six-day war in 1967, behind you in the old city of jerusalem, you see the beautiful walls there, and we're not far away. but the line was in front of the old walls. but since then every president from nixon to lbj, carter, ronald reagan, bushes, president clinton, now obama considers east jerusalem, including the old city behind you to be occupied territory. not part of israel. would you change that? >> i'm not going to talk about the borders. the decision as to where the borders would be as we move to a two-state solution, which i support. that's a decision on borders that will be worked out by israelis and the palestinians. i hope it's a process which is ongoing and ultimately successful. as to the exact negotiation in borders, i'll leave that to the deciding parties themselves. >> you just visited the western wall. one of the oldest sites in jerusalem. we saw the pictures, the video. do you consider that to be part of israel? >> it is certainly part
's going on in this case now. >> ed lavandera on the scene for us as he's been right from the beginning. thank you. elsewhere, in maryland, police say the fbi are now investigating an abduction with ties to the baseball legend cal rib ken jr. his mother was found safe this morning almost 24 hours after being taken from her home at gunpoint. cnn's lisa sylvester's working the story for us. what happened here, lisa? >> hi there, wolf. what we know is this all started about 7:00, 8:00 yesterday morning when a man apparently approached and went to violet ripken's house and abducted her at gunpoint. he then according to authorities spent most of the day driving around in her car throughout central maryland. and it was only until around 8:30 last night when there was a citizen in the neighboring county, in baltimore county, who saw a suspicious vehicle. he called it in to county authorities. and at that point it was that tip that eventually led to violet ripken being found this morning unharmed back near her house in aberdeen. she was however bound. authorities at this point are not clear wha
's ed lavandera is in aurora for us. ed, what do we know about this package? >> reporter: well, we're still trying to gather information on what exactly is inside that package, wolf. but as you mentioned that law enforcement official telling cnn that on monday police and fbi discovered a package that was apparent apparently sent by james holmes, the 24-year-old suspected gunman. now it's unclear obviously if this package was indeed sent by him, it was clearly sent before he was taken into custody. it arrived at some point on monday at the university mail room. we've also been told by hospital officials over the last couple of days this is something we've been monitoring for some time that there were two packages that were suspicious and were being looked into, one found in the mail room and also one that was actually delivered to a university professor. so we've been trying to nail down more information on this. and we'll continue to do so, wolf. >> what's the university of colorado saying about all of this, ed? >> reporter: well, now that the details have come out that this packag
of the societal issue of child abuse. >> cnn's susan candiotti is joining us now. louis freeh led this study. it was very, very bitter and damming. >> reporter: it was, wolf. right out of the gate, louis freeh made it clear that children were victimized because four top penn state officials did nothing to stop jerry sandusky. and named names including a man's name synonymous with penn state university, the late coach joe paterno. from the moment jerry sandusky was marched before the public branded a predatory pedophile, a troubling question lingered, what did those at penn state university do to stop him? now the public has an answer. >> our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of sandusky's child victims by the most senior leaders at penn state. >> reporter: louis freeh, hired by the university to investigate its role in the jerry sandusky scandal delivered a scathing 267-page report. 430 interviews, 3.5 million pieces of evidence adding up to one major finding about what they did with evidence of child rape. >> the most powerful people in pe
lavandera is joining us now once again from aurora, colorado. ed, what else are you learning? there are new developments emerging even as we speak. >> reporter: well, there's a great deal going on behind the scenes, but now there's a great effort to make sure that the principle players and many of the people involved in these investigations no longer speak publicly about what is going on. the judge issuing a gag order. ever since that has happened, it's become much more difficult to be able to report on this story and to keep up with what is going on. but we're told a few days ago by the police chief here in aurora that today, tuesday, would be the day defense attorneys would get a chance to go through the movie theater to do their own analysis inside the movie theater and gather their own evidence as they continue or begin the process of working on their case of to be able to defend james holmes, the 24-year-old suspect in this case. and then at some point tomorrow the theater would be turned back over to the company that owns it. and what happens to it after then is very much up in the ai
. the grant that he was using to go to attend college here in the denver area gave him a stipend, a monthly stipend of almost $2,200 a month. his rent in the apartment complex we had shown you from what we've been able to gather could be anywhere between $600 and $900 a month. so had some money left over. and the question is whether or not some of that money, that grant money that came from the national institute of health might have been used to buy the weaponry and the explosives in this case. so that is a question we know investigators are also taking a much closer look at, wolf. >> ed, it's now been more than 24 hours since the victims' families and their families saw holmes in that courtroom. they've had a little sense to digest what they saw, that red hair, that dazed look from time to time, what kind of reaction are you seeing anecdotally from folks you are speaking with right there on the scene in aurora? >> reporter: i think from the people who have been most closely injured and hurt not only physically but emotionally with the loss of loved ones and that sort of thing, there is a
york times." today i had a chance to conduct the first-ever public in-depth interview with u.s. navy admiral who planned the raid that killed osama bin laden. admiral william mcraven may not be a household name, but as you're about to see, he's a genuine u.s. hero. this is the guy who's sitting right here who had the guts to tell the commander in chief we should do it, let's do it. and when you ordered that raid and when you said -- you didn't even know for sure that bin laden was abbottabad at that compound about a mile or so away from the west point of pakistan, did you? >> let me make one thing clear, i didn't order the raid. >> but he told the president of the united states that he thought he could do it. [ laughter ] >> i mean, and this is not a small point. the fact of the matter is it was the president of the united states that ordered the raid. >> and he deserves an enormous amount of credit for that decision. >> he does. [ applause ] >> and when he came to the head of special operations, that would be you, and said what do you think? what did you say? >> well, first, i will
at these new numbers. joe is joining us now from his old hometown of columbus, ohio. what's going on there, joe? >> reporter: that's right, wolf. well, things are starting to look better here in the buckeye state, but i have to tell you that cnn orc poll indicates that nationwide one thing is clear, the number one issue on voters' minds happens to be jobs and the economy. the november election may come down to a key question, which candidate is better able to handle the economy? a brand new cnn orc national poll suggests voters haven't made up their minds. president obama and republican mitt romney are in a dead heat well within the margin of error. >> what a president believes matters. >> reporter: today the obama campaign rolled out another ad in crucial swing states like riegtd here in ohio calling romney an outsourcer during his time running bane capital. it's part of a strategy to erode one of romney's key strengths. so far our polling shows independent voters crucial in this election prefer the presumptivive republican nominee on the economy by 11 points. part of the sale the obama campai
, the numbers aren't so close. let's go straight to cnn's joe johns. he's breaking the numbers for us. he's in des moines, iowa, right now. tell our viewers what we're seeing, joe. >> reporter: wolf, there's certainly a lot more to this than meets the eye. the main takeaway is mitt romney is running ahead of the president in some of the states that matter most. conservatives are still shaking their heads. >> it was really a shock. >> i'm dispinted at their position. they came to a position. >> how could one of their own on the supreme court side with liberals onto uphold the institutionalty of the democrat's health care plan. in many ways it was still a conservative decision. >> this was a conservative judicial philosophy that says the role of the courts is to be the last resort, not the first resort. we only strike something down when it's a big piece of regulation if we absolutely have to. that's still quite conservative. >> and this type of thinking shouldn't be a surprise. >> wrong piece there running, obviously. the takeaway on our poll is even though the president maintains a slight
with us. and thank you for being with us, everyone. i give up. sending it to wolf blitzer. wolf? >> ashleigh, thanks very much. >>> happening now, president obama and mitt romney are locked in a dead heat right now. when it comes to battleground voters, the numbers aren't so close. the brand new cnn orc polls are just in. we're breaking them down for you. standby. >>> also millions still without power, baking in record heat in washington, d.c., in the mid-atlantic, days after being clobbered by a deadly monster storm. is there any relief in sight? >>> and an american grad student fights for his life after being violently mauled by two chimps in south africa. ahead, the horrifying details of the attack. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." these numbers just coming in. let's go to the battle for the white house. a brand new cnn o.r.c. poll is just being released right now. take a look at just how tight the race is. among registered voters nationally, nationally. 49% say they are for president obama versus 46% for mitt romney. that's with a 2.5% samplining err error.
americans feel about issue number one, the u.s. economy. just ahead, the skyrocketing optimism revealed in our brand new cnn orc poll. and the surprising divide over which candidate they think will do a better job. also, a stunning turn in the strained relationship between the united states and pakistan. the pakistani government reopening a critical supply route for the united states and its allies as the secretary of state, hillary clinton, apologizes for the deadly nato attack that ultimately shut down that supply route. >>> and it's not a hose or shovel, but it's a laptop. why computers are now a cutting edge tool in the battle against the raging colorado wildfires. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." >>> first to our brand new cnn orc polls. this is issue number one, the economy. and a surprising jump in the number of americans who believe the economy will eventually get better. take a look at this. when asked about what economic conditions will be like next year, 60% now say they believe they will be good compared to only 39% who say conditions will be poorer. last fa
wolf blitzer who never takes a day off and always checks his blackberry. thanks for being with us. >>> ashley, thanks very much. happening now. >> they said it was a tax, didn't they? it's a tax. of course. >> mitt romney boldly contradicting a top advisor firmly stating his position on the landmark supreme court ruling upholding president obama's health care law. is his campaign message back on track? or did he give democrats a new line of attack? >>> plus, an unimaginable crisis unfolding right now in west virginia. hundreds of thousands of storm victims already dealing with no power, now many of them are dealing with no food. we're live on the ground to find out what's being done. >>> and a state lawmaker accidentally undermining her party and her principles with the press of a button. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> first to a dramatic moment on the campaign trail. the presumptive republican presidential nominee, mitt romney, firmly stating his position on the u.s. supreme court's historic ruling up hodding obama care and directly contradicting what his t
question ] >> well, no -- nobody from the aurora police department has attempted to contact us for any purpose. so presently nobody is asking for assistance. additionally, at that time, there were other authorities here locally who we were talking to. [ inaudible question ] >> i didn't see the box. so i don't know. [ inaudible question ] >> i don't understand the question. i'm a lawyer. objection, vague. do i know the prosecutor? not personally, no. >> you've done work in colorado? >> i've done work in colorado, but in the federal system. [ inaudible question ] >> we've been told that's highly likely that that's going to happen. >> how concerned are you? >> everyone is concerned. [ inaudible statement ] >> well, nobody told me that. from what i know about the laws in colorado. it is a death penalty state. obviously it's going to be murder one. and that's when someone can be facing the death penalty. i actually am in communication with them as well. >> i have concern for their safety. [ inaudible question ] >> we vice presidehaven't reallt far because at this time no formal charges have
case scenario for all of us in the region is when you get full-out civil war, there is no coming back. if it breaks down, if civil order breaks down to the point of no return, then it will take years to fix syria. and i have a feeling that we're seeing the signs of that over the past three weeks. the only people that can bring us back from that brink is obviously the president and the regime. and i believe this is the last chance that they have. >> my exclusive interview with king abdullah will air during our next hour during our 5:00 p.m. eastern hour here in "the situation room." you're going to want to hear what he has to say about syria a lot more detail. also, we spoke about mitt romney and barack obama in the interview. he's got some serious thoughts about these two individuals. >>> let's get to the presidential race right now. in today's republican triple play in ohio, not only is mitt romney campaigning there, so are two men getting mentioned, lots of mentions in fact, as possible running mates. the louisiana governor, bobby jindal, and the former florida governor, jeb bush. c
labott is joining us live with the very latest. bulgarians are of course investigating. i'm sure the israelis are as well. first of all, what are the bulgarians saying? >> reporter: well, wolf, forensic investigators on the scene. it's all very preliminary at this point, but they're saying that this was caused by a bus bomb already placed inside the bus. that's really all they know, but they're not ruling anything out. they say it's possibly a terrorist attack. obviously the israelis saying they're sure of it. but bulgarians not ruling anything in, not ruling anything out at this point, wolf. >> didn't take very long for the prime minister of israel, benjamin netanyahu to directly blame iran for this attack. >> reporter: that's right. a short time ago prime minister netanyahu, wolf, put out a statement saying all signs are leading to iran, his defense minister just spoke to reporters a short time ago. let's take a listen to what he said. >> this is clearly a terrorist attack initiated by hezbollah, hamas, jihad or any other group under the terror of iran or other radical muslim g
it never really happened. >> probably a good idea. thanks so much jim acosta in london for us. quick note, wolf is traveling to israel right now where he'll interview mitt romney. we'll have that right here monday on "the situation room." >>> president obama is doing his best to dim the spotlight using tools on a president has. chief white house koerpt jessica yellin has that part of the story. jessica, it's good to be president in an election year. >> reporter: sure, it can be, candy. look, the president he is far from london. but he is putting in a strong performance when it comes to trying to overshadow mitt romney's overseas trip. the obama campaign is getting in on the olympics competition sending the most popular member of their team to london. and spending a whopping $6.5 million during the summer games with ads like this. >> i believe that the way you grow the economy is from the middle out. >> reporter: just one way they're countering mitt romney's big european adventure. romney is taking heat for suggesting london may not be ready for the games. but the president, he's said to h
is in london for us. jim, what's happening now with mitt romney? >> reporter: candy, mitt romney woke up to headlines he did not anticipate when he embarked on this overseas trip. but his campaign is confident he can clear the next hurdles ahead. mitt romney hit the reset button on his overseas charm offensive during his lone public meeting of the day in london he was asked by the leader of ireland about how he had to walk to the irish embassy due to the city's intense pre-olympic traffic. romney's response. romney is walking on egg shells and eager to please after he was blasted by british leaders for appearing to question london's readiness to host the olympic games dubbed the party pooper in the daily mail, mitt the twit in the sun, romney sidestepped the controversy in an interview with cnn's piers morgan. >> you've been criticized for knocking the british enthusiasm. are you feeling it now? >> well, i'm delighted to see the kind of support that has been around the torch for instance. >> reporter: the uproar in london reached its crescendo when the city's mayor taunted romney in fron
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of drugs off u.s. streets. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with both presidential campaigns getting down and dirty on the low road as the candidates themselves try to stick to the high road. the latest examples, killer tv ad that the obama campaign is using to welcome so-called welcome mitt romney to pennsylvania. and a top romney's surrogates complaint that the president should "learn how to be an american." let's go to our white house correspondent, dan lothian, watching all of this unfold. we've been saying it's getting ugly. >> reporter: certainly right. the fireworks today. the president was in texas attending a total of fundraisers trying to camp up in the campaign cash. some of those were with small donors, others with big names like tv star eva longoria. but today was more about money. the president was also going after his opponent, mitt romney, for more details about his personal finances. it won't help create jobs. and it won't ease the pain of homeowners stuck in upside down mortgages, but the obama re-election campaign is convinced that qu
an important point about outsourcing. >>> also, the men who told us it's the economy stupid just updated their iconic slogan. james carville and stan greenberg are here in the studio to tell us what every politician should be saying right now. >>> and the whole world's buzzing about a north korea mystery woman. she's always by the side of the new leader there. nobody seems to be saying who she is. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> president obama's been hammering mitt romney for sending u.s. jobs overseas during the years he rain bane capital. this afternoon in colorado romney turned the tables labeling the president as the outsourcer in chief. our white house correspondent, brianna keilar, is following all this back and forth. is the obama team worried about this new romney line of attack? >> reporter: wolf, i think they would much rather be talking about tax cuts for the middle class. that's why president obama went to iowa today. and certainly this new republican attack line is stealing some of that spotlight. president obama took the fight over the bush era tax cu
that it was to create jobs here in the u.s. now, when you talk to experts, they will tell you that it likely created jobs overseas as well but doesn't exactly meet the exact definition of taking a job here in the states and moving it overseas, wolf. >> so do you get the sense that the white house officials, obama campaign leaders are beginning to feel a little heat on this sensitive subject? >> reporter: well, i think it distracted today from what president obama wanted to talk about because obviously talking about the tax cuts for those making under $250,000 really moves they feel forward his message about fairness and fighting for the middle class. i think this is a distraction. but i also think we're waiting to see how long this continues to get attention. and then we'll really see if they're very concerned about it, wolf. >> brianna keilar at the white house. thanks. let's dig deeper with gloria borger, our chief political analyst. are we going to get more pushback from the white house on this whole issue of the president being outsourcer in chief? >> yeah. i think you're going to get pushback f
. the chair of the naacp's national board said members objected to romney's use of the term obama care, a buzz word coined by the critics. >> that was a loaded statement. and the crowd erupted in displeasure. >> they booed. people booed here. >> they absolutely booed. >> reporter: the romney campaign said the reaction came as no surprise. consider the latest gallup survey shows the gop contender trailing president obama by an 87% to 5% margins. romney brought his own numbers. the african-american unemployment rate at 14%, it's well above the national rate. but when he made the case that he's the right candidate to fix that, he was booed again. >> if you want a president who will make things better in the african-american community, you are looking at him. you take a look. >> reporter: romney did hear cheers when he hinted at his opposition to gay marriage. >> i will defend traditional marriage. [ applause ] >> reporter: the outburst did not sit well with everyone in the audience. some naacp members defended their booing. >> he literally came into our house and attacked the issues that are impo
overdrive and arms his opponent, mitt romney, with new political ammunition to use against him. look at this. unemployment is stuck at 8.2%. and only 80,000 jobs added in june. the numbers are even worse when you look at minorities. we're covering all sides of this dramatic political story. our own dan lothian and dana bash, they are both standing by live. but first cnn's poppy harlow breaks down the numbers. >> hi there, wolf. i think the headline for this jobs report is disappointing. only 80,000 jobs created in the month of june. unemployment stays at 8.2%. we need to be creating somewhere between 300,000 and 400,000 jobs a month pretty consistently to bring that rate down. issues here 12.7 million americans still unemployed in this country. 5.4 million of them have been out of work for six months or longer. the longer you're out of work, the longer it takes you to find a job. that is a problem. also very key here. 2.5 million people are not counted in this unemployment rate at all. they can work, but they have stopped looking for work. so they're not counted in the unemploy
's disappointing overall and even more troubling for african-americans. plus, a u.s. veteran who lost both legs in iraq now embroiled in a rather nasty house race against an incumbent who first suggested she's not a true war hero. tammy duckworth is here in "the situation room" to respond. >>> also, a millionaire's apparent suicide just seconds after he's convicted of arson. what may have caused this shocking end to a life seemingly spinning out of control? >>> and great white shark spottings heightened. fears along the cape cod area. our own brian todd is on a boat with experts trying to track them down. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." >>> right now a disappointing jobs report kicks off day two of president obama's bus tour into overdrive and arms his opponent, mitt romney, with new political ammunition to use against him. look at this. unemployment is stuck at 8.2%. and only 80,000 jobs added in june. the numbers are even worse when you look at minorities. we're covering all sides of this dramatic political story. our own dan lothian and dana bash, they are both standing by
. and that reality makes the pain and the grief too intense for words. but we can't let it keep us from our lives. >> thank you for being with me today. our thoughts and prayers go to those in colorado. i'm brooke baldwin. now to wolf blitzer. "the situation room" begins now. >>> brooke, thanks very much. we're continuing to follow the breaking news. >> i got seven down in theater 9. >> a horrible mass shooting in a movie theater near denver. 71 people dead -- excuse me, 71 people shot, 12 of them are dead. many of the wounded still are in critical condition. a suspect is in custody. colorado's governor calling him a man with a "deranged mind." we're getting new pictures and details as we speak including more from the survivors and heartbreaking stories about the victims. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we're going live to the scene of the shooting in just a moment. but first a quick rundown of what happened on this horrible day. the shooting started after midnight about 12:38 a.m. in theater 9 of the century aurora 16 multiplex. aurora's a suburb of denver. about 15 minutes int
told us he had come into the theater from the exit door, which was just to the right of the movie screen which led to the outside of the movie theater building. presuming that door is locked from the outside, police not saying exactly how james holmes could have gotten in there. did he have help? did he leave that door propped open at some point? to what degree was all this planned out? >> ed, standby for a moment. i'm going to be coming back to you. we've got a lot of reporters on the scene right now. our own anderson cooper is in colorado. he's going to be reporting later tonight including for us here in "the situation room." we're watching all of this unfold. it's been a horrible, horrible day not only for the people of aurora but for all of the people who have been watching all of this unfold in the united states and around the world. it's just been an unbearable situation for so many folks there. jennifer seeger was with a friend in the second row of the aurora movie theater when the gunman stormed in. jennifer is joining us now from aurora. and, jennifer, first of all, how a
on the attack against the president using really his own words instead of having to come up with a hurried vice presidential announcement. and, wolf, there are some tea leaves to read here. kelly aot said to be high on mitt romney's vice presidential search list, she is going to be appearing with mitt romney up in new hampshire tomorrow. the romney campaign announced that yesterday. wolf, i think it stands to reason that the campaign would not have announced this event, would not have said slooes going to be at this event up in new hampshire if they were going to somehow come out tomorrow and announce she's the vice presidential running mate. so i think that's an indication that perhaps this window before he goes to the olympics is closing and that the vice presidential announcement will come off the olympics are over, wolf. >> they haven't released his exact schedule yet. when he's going to be in london, israel, when he's heading back to the united states. he's going to poland as well. do we know any details about that? >> reporter: wolf, i can tell you right now that, yes, all three of those
own in this race for the white house. jim acosta is joining us from boston right now. what's going on on this day as far as the republican presidential candidate, jim, is concerned? >> reporter: wolf, the back and forth in this campaign right now is all about four words the president said nearly a week ago, the words you didn't build that. the comment has the romney campaign building a new line of attack that is resonating with republicans. republicans hope it's a sign mitt romney is back in business. >> when the president said that, if you got a business, you didn't build it, come here and talk to brian. and you'll learn that in fact he did build this business. >> i take umbrage at the suggestion that people don't start and build businesses. >> now, i'm know some people that think what the president said was just a gaffe. it wasn't a gaffe. it was instead his ideology. >> reporter: on a day he was expected to stay behind closed doors, he was at a truck repair company near his boston headquarters to keep hammering a comment made by the president last friday. >> if you got a busines
bring some needed foreign policy chops to romney's ticket, which brings us to the condi cons. she was a central bush administration player making the case for the iraq war, warning about saddam hussein's weapons of mass destruction that turned out not to exist. >> there will always be some uncertainty about how quickly he can acquire nuclear weapons. but we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud. >> reporter: some gop sources tell cnn they can't imagine romney would want to reopen wounds from the bush years. last but hardly least, rice's stance on abortion. she calls herself "mildly pro-choice". >> i worry about the government being involved in, but i'm like most americans. i think abortion is a terrible thing. >> reporter: one anti-abortion group already e-mailed around this clip of romney last year saying the running mates he would consider would be anti-abortion. >> i would expect they would all be pro-life and pro-traditional marriage. >> reporter: several prominent conservative leaders tell cnn rice's abortion stance disqualifies her because there's so much distrus
with, of course, health care reform, which they're going to try to use in the same way, then they can try to portray mitt romney and his republican party as people who care about the wealthy, and believe in what the president called today top-down economics. back in the reagan days they called it trickle down economics, but it's the same thing. but whatever it is, it's people who believe if the wealthy do well, it trickles down to the middle class. the president says i believe it comes for the bottom up. >> it's interesting. the polls show that the americans are with the president on raising taxes on the wealthiest americans. not necessarily obviously on the middle class. they believe this is a winning issue for them now. >> no question. the minute we found out about this i was getting e-mails from republicans engaged in getting republicans elected not just on the national level from mitt romney, but on the senate level. they not only welcome this. they are telling republican candidates out there to hit the president, hit democrats the minute this speech was out there because the poin
to go before the election. our white house correspondent brianna keilar is covering this for us. first of all, why is the president doing this today? >> reporter: well, wolf, this is certainly part of his narrative that he's trying to put out there as he runs for re-election. this is very much happening through that political prism. he tried to portray himself as really the one fighting for the middle class. now he's trying to portray his opponent mitt romney and congressional republicans as being defenders of the wealthy. so what he's calling for is for an extension of the bush-era tax cuts only for american families making up to $250,000. and people -- families making more than that under his plan would see their taxes increase at the end of the year. here's how he explained why he wants to pursue this. >> it is a stalemate in this town, in washington, between two very different views about which direction we should go in as a country. and nowhere is that stalemate more pronounced than on the issue of taxes. many members of the other party believe prosperity comes for the top down. i
in the u.s. use metal detectors. one immediate change in security, though, here at amc theaters is that moviegoers will not be allowed in the theater wearing costumes or mask. mary snow, cnn, new york. >> thanks for watching. i'm don lemon in aurora, colorado. a live "situation room" with wolf blitzer begins right now. >>> happening now -- police blast into the caused colorado killer's apartment. >> this is some serious stuff that our team is dealing with. >> and discovered devices boopy trapped to kill. plus, stories of heroism among the gunfire, and chilling tales of survival. >> i was just thinking, we've got to get out. >> just a few millimeters in or sent meters in, and i don't think i would have left the theater. >>> we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> right now, explosives experts in aurora, colorado, are putting themselves in harm's way. they are trying to make sure the apartment left booby trapped by the suspect in the colorado shootings is finally saved. a few hours ago, we watc
correspondent, dan lothian, is traveling with the president in ohio right now. dan is joining us with the very latest. what is the very latest, dan? >> reporter: well, we're here in sandusky. this is the president's second official stop. but the reason this event has not gotten underway yet is because the president made two unscheduled stops, one at a farmers market and another at a diner on the way here. this is a state that the president is leading his opponent, mitt romney, in by nine points. but it remains a very competitive race. so the president getting out there, meeting voters face-to-face hoping he can hang onto this state come november. it's a more retail-style approach. but unlike the president's other official bus trips last year, this one has campaign written all over it. there's a big presidential seal on the door. and the venue in the small city in ohio has been carefully staged. white picket fences, a large american flag and a soft story about his daughter. >> and then it was malia's birthday yesterday. when she was small i could say all these fireworks i had arranged for her b
but makes us grope people? i think that's a bit of a stretch, don't you? >> i think if something happens where you're driving and speed up too quickly or something. >> no. not groping. >> not so much. >> being in places you're not supposed to -- let me go to a volleyball game when i'm not supposed to be will and just grope people. >> joey jackson, on the case. nice to see you. thanks so much. it's time now to turn things over to my pal, wolf blitzer, who's in "the situation room." >> ashleigh, thanks very much. happening now the battle for the white house becomes the battle of the buses. president obama kicks off a major campaign tour in a critical battleground state. with the romney campaign hot on his trail. we'll explain. >>> and romney weighing in on the chances her husband will pick a woman to be his running mate. what she's now saying in a candid new interview. and the d.c. fire department puts medical emergencies and reports of dangling electrical wires on hold. guess why? to fill up a swimming pool right in the aftermath of friday's devastating storm. what happened? i'm w
avoided another mass shooting in toronto. also, two u.s. service members died. john thomas larimer, who had been serving his first post in the u.s. navy. and air force staff sergeant jesse childress, a reservist on active duty. and moments ago, we also learned about 24-year-old alex teves who just completed graduate school in june. our hearts go out to all of their families, indeed, to all of the victims' family and friends. along with the heartbreak over those who died, there are also extraordinary stories of survival emerging from this disaster. heroes who risked their lives to save others. >> josh helped me protect my wife and he got shot. >> josh nolan is one of those heroes, and cnn's kyung lah is joining us now from aurora with more on him. >> reporter: we spoke to him in his hospital room where he's still recovering from a bullet that wednesday through his arm and ended up breaking his leg. it's really quite extraordinary, the story he has to tell. 31-year-old josh nolan, a navy veteran and someone who's been deployed to iraq twice. when the bullets started flying, he left on top
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